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These are the 100 most frequently occuring words on the SAT listed in order of decreasing importance.

enigma

a riddle

apathy

lack of emotion or interest

indifferent

having no preference

revere

to worship; to honor

candor

frankness; honesty

reticent

restrained; uncommunicative

aesthetic

concerning art or beauty

ascetic

without indulgence or luxury

autonomy

self-rule; independence

disdain

contempt

innocuous

harmless; insignificant

banal

commonplace; dull, ordinary

ambiguous

unclear; undecided

anarchy

lack of government; chaos

ameliorate

to improve

atrophy

to waste away from lack of use

innovate

to make changes; to modernize

servile

overly submissive; cringing

extol

to praise

augment

to add to; to increase

benevolent

kindly; to wish well

derision

comtempt; ridicule

disparity

inequality

flagrant

glaringly wrong; conspicuously evil

indolence

laziness

acquiesce

to give in; to agree

prodigal

extravagant; wasteful

capricious

whimsical; unpredictable

prosaic

commonplace; uninspired; dull

austere

severe; strict

complacent

smug; self-satisfied

compliance

conforming to a request or demand

dubious

doubtful

ephemeral

short-lived; fleeting

inevitable

unavoidable; bound to happen

insipid

bland; boring

obscure

unclear; clouded; partially hidden

depravity

corruption; wickedness

discern

to distinguish one thing from another

expedite

to quicken

peripheral

on the edge; unimportant

tacitum

quiet; uncommunicative; silent

fastidious

finicky; overly critical

apprehensive

fearful; worried

expedient

advantageous; convenient

novel

new; interesting

parsimony

stinginess

provincial

narrowminded; unsophisticated

respite

a break; a rest

anecdote

a brief, humorous story

drone

to talk on and on in a dull way

desecrate

to show disrespect or to deface something sacred

euphonious

melodious; pleasant sounding

cacophonous

harsh sounding

guile

cunning; deceitfulness

immutable

unchanging; permanent

incessant

non-stop

static

unchanging; not moving

bastion

a stronghold; a fort

benign

kindly; good-natured

credulous

gullible; ready to believe without proof

disparage

to speak poorly of

eccentric

odd; out of the ordinary; quirky

philanthropist

someone who benefits mankind

squander

to waste

virulent

harmful

zeal

enthusiasm

acuity

sharpness of perception or mind

affable

friendly; agreeable

assuage

to reduce pain

avarice

greed

dissonance

lack of agreement or harmony

listless

without energy or enthusiasm

philistine

one who lacks culture or taste

scrupulous

concerned; conscientious; proper

tentative

not final; uncertain

adulation

adoration

dogmatic

stubbornly opinionated

futile

hopeless; without effect

languid

slow and listless

pious

religious; devout

ponderous

weighty; heavy

protracted

drawn out; lengthy

deference

a show of respect

heretic

someone who goes against accepted religious beliefs

paucity

scarcity

profuse

very abundant; flowing

conciliate

to soothe anger

contrite

thoroughly sorry

didactic

intending to teach

diffident

shy; lacking confidence

digression

straying from a topic

dissent

disagreement

elucidate

to explain; to make clear

gullible

overly trusting

strut

a self-important walk

denounce

to speak against publicly

laud

to praise

surreptitious

secret

astute

clever; shrewd; ready-witted

blasphemy

irreverent talk about God

censure

severely criticize; blame

pedestrian

commonplace; ordinary

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